The members of the NAP Youth Committee have each communicated with staff of an NAP youth partner career and technical student organization (CTSO) to coordinate the judging of parliamentary team competitions at their respective leadership conferences. Committee members have individually traveled to such conferences in Boston (BPA), Atlanta (FBLA/PBL), Nashville (HOSA), Louisville (SkillsUSA), and San Diego (FCCLA) to present workshops, assist with business meetings, staff exhibit/information tables, judge competitions, and present awards.
Committee contact with youth/student organization staff and advisers (CTSO, 4-H, FFA, etc.) in Colorado and surrounding states brought students and advisers to the 2016 NAP Training Conference in August. The SkillsUSA national postsecondary parliamentarian attended from California. Members and advisers of these organizations were very impressed with all that NAP has to offer! The NAP Educational Foundation provided copies of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised and In Brief for each Youth Day attendee! The committee realizes how difficult it is for advisers and students to plan for this NAP event given that school schedules are extremely busy as the school year begins.
The contact with staff, advisers, and student members gives NAP a viable presence. Does your state/regional association have a youth committee that can work with youth organizations? If not a committee, perhaps a youth coordinator? You can help the national committee by making contacts with advisers and students in your state!
If you are interested in helping to coach a team or judge a parliamentary team competition, please contact Jan Strand, Youth Committee chair, for assistance in connecting with one or more of the NAP partner organizations in your area. Your assistance will be greatly appreciated by advisers and parliamentary team members.